The Research Institute for Labour and Social Affairs (RILSA) is a scientific and research organisation that conducts independent research in the field of labour and social affairs at the regional, national and international levels. The Institute’s research activities are determined on the one hand by the current requirements of state administration authorities and non-profit and private businesses and, on the other, by basic research requirements. In addition to scientific and research activities, the Institute provides professional advice and consultation and information services in all its areas of activity. The advisory and information system of the Institute closely reflects its research results. The Institute also publishes its materials aimed at both supporting its own research activities and the needs of the expert and general public.
The current Institute was established by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic, but its history dates back to 1919 when the first research organisation, the Social Institute of Czechoslovakia, was established as part of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.
On 1 January 2007, in compliance with Act No. 341/2005 Coll. on public research institutions, the legal form of the Research Institute for Labour and Social Affairs was changed from that of a state-funded organisation to a public research institution (recorded in the register of public research institutions) for reasons of harmonisation with the European standards that apply to research institutions, especially with respect to ensuring the independence of the research conducted.
Based on a decision by the founding organisation of the Institute, the RILSA Brno Research Centre was established in close cooperation with the Faculty of Social Studies of the Masaryk University in Brno, located at Joštova Street 218/10, 602 00 Brno.